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From the Editor’s Desk

May brings us the giddiness of “almost summer” and birthdays. At least in our household. Our family celebrates both of our little girls this month, in addition to four other birthdays by close family members. Throw in a little Mother’s Day celebration with everything and you have what we have termed “The Bash”. Sort of a loose term for the Mother’s Day / Birthday Bash celebrations we hold each year, on each side of the family. In years past, my darlings were content to share a birthday party together, mostly because they really didn’t care. Always a big deal in our house, we threw open the doors to family and friends, usually topping the number out around thirty to forty people in attendance. What can I say? I tend to go big in life. Those who have participated in one of the infamous Myre birthday parties can certainly attest to that truth. When I was pregnant with Chloe, my first, I was absolutely thrilled at the prospect of either having a baby before or close to Mother’s Day. (She came three days before). Being a mom has changed my life in so many ways, and grown my spirit to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the job my own mother had in our

growing up years. I can hear her complete state of understanding as I detail the latest struggle or episode of parenting madness. Mostly, she just laughs. That being said, my mom was the best I could ever ask for, and continues to shine in my life as an example of how to live with integrity and high character. Sometimes I cling to that for dear life. A special page dedicated to moms and all those moms-to-be can be found on pages 14-15. Find special advice for present purchasing, and articles dedicated to moms. My suggestion with getting presents for moms always seems to be: get something alive. That always does it for me. And no, I don’t mean a puppy. Think blooming plants, baskets, patio hangers, etc. Cut flowers are nice, but those die out so quickly, that the lasting power of a planter carries the appreciation you express towards mom long throughout the summer. Of course, each mom is different. Mine certainly prefers long sleeve turtlenecks and anything made by the grandkids. Those senior individuals in this world have a plethora of experiences in this life that us younger generations would be wise to beholden.

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Editor/Publisher................................Michelle Myre Cover Design / Web Mngr.............omOriginals Marketing! (360)575-9839 Cover Photo......................................Tom & Toni Reich, photo by Michelle Myre Distribution.........................................Diana Jones Advertising Sales.............................Michelle Myre Columnists.........................................Listed below Paddy Burrow - Fruits & Nuts Georgia Butterfield - Adorable Adoptee Georgia Cox - Castle Rock Seniors Oscar Myre IV - Geek Speak Blake Peterson - Movie Reviews PeaceHealth - Living Well /valleybuglernewspaper Laurrie Piland - Baked Lava Pat Nelson - Window to Woodland Mavis Trentham - The Garden Shed **The Valley Bugler newspaper publishes content supplied from the above columnists, and is not responsible for factual mistakes or anything other than the occasional spelling error. The Valley Bugler does not endorse views expressed, but retains a neutral stance on all issues presented.**

EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM Our special section this month is dedicated to those in the “older crowd”, those who call themselves ‘Seniors’. The pages are filled with informational articles and plenty of fun material, just for this special crowd. Do you have a special Senior in your life? Entering your own special

“senior” time in life? We hope that you find some great information and a few activities geared just for you. So until next month, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and moms-to-be out there!

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor [Chloe update: We continue to walk the busy road of soccer, track and choir life with Chloe. Our next appointment will be an X-ray on May 4th, so if you’re of the praying sort, we would sure appreciate those flowing heavenward! We need to see NO space in the X-ray, just beautiful regrown bone. If there is still space showing, we then move to more surgery to find out what is in that space, and biopsy whatever’s there. This is her birthday month, so it’d be SO FANTASTIC if we had a clean bill of health for the year, with NO surgery needed! For those of you just joining in on the “Chloe Updates”, my beautiful twelve year old daughter was diagnosed with a very rare condition last October that resulted in a surgery to remove two tumors from her jawbone, in the front. Think between the two canines, basically. Everything was benign, praise Jesus. They were removed, and she moved on into the road of healing, while we grappled with her new diagnosis. Working with Children’s Hospital in Seattle has been the absolute best, and we can’t say enough good things about them at that facility. So, her new condition causes benign tumors to develop on her bone. It’s a condition that is not very well understood, and is even more rare in children. We love and appreciate your prayers and notes of concern and encouragement. You absolutely bless our hearts!!! Those notes and words of support and love have carried us through some very raw, emotionally charged times. Needless to say, we’re not out of the woods yet, and my “mommy’s heart” will forever be nervous for my baby, but I’ve learned to give it into the Lord’s Hands as much as I possibly can. Thank you again for journeying and praying with us. And for allowing my mommy’s heart to process this new phase of life with you, my dearest readers.]

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8th Annual Winery Tour

‘On Golden Pond’ opens May 1st

Love Street Playhouse is thrilled David Roberts, director of the proto present the second production duction, returns to Love Street Playof the 2015 Season of shows, ‘On house where he previously directed Golden Pond’, starring Tom Golik ‘Wait Until Dark’. His acting work at and Lexy Dillon. Directed by David Love Street includes such producRoberts. tions as ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, ‘LeavThis heartwarming favorite of ing Iowa’, ‘Harvey’ stage and screen, written by Ernest and ‘Dirty Work at Thompson and directed by David the Crossroads’. Roberts of VanOther acting couver is best work includes a remembered as re-occuring backthe 1981 Acadground detective emy Award winon the NBC show ning film starGRIMM. ring Katherine After an overHepburn, Henry whelming reFonda and Jane sponse with Fonda. fourteen sold-out ‘On Golden performances Pond’ will open of the most reFriday, May 1st cent production at 7:30pm and of ‘Nunsense’, continue through Bottom Photo: Curmudgeonly Norman Love Street is Golik of Woodland) grows closer to the Sunday, May 17th (Tom young boy (Robb Schiedler of Woodland) ready to welat: than he ever was to his daughter, in this come its audiLove Street story of love, family and forgiveness. Top ences again. Photo: Love and laughter on Golden Pond Playhouse Melinda 126 Loves Ave, with Lexy Dillon as Ethel Thayer and Tom Leuthold, Love Golik as Norman Thayer, her bickering but Woodland, WA Playloving husband. Both photos by Darcie Street Loveable cur- Elliott Photography. house Owner mudgeon Norand Producing man Thayer (played by Tom Golik Artistic Director, takes the stage this of Woodland) is as tart-tongued as time as Chelsea Thayer. “I am thrilled ever. His spirited wife, Ethel (played to not only be presenting this producby Lexy Dillon of Boring, OR), de- tion in our season lineup, but also lights in all the small things that have to be playing on stage again. This enriched their lives. Together, they story still has the capacity to make are returning to their summer home us laugh, recognize our own imperon the lake for the forty-eighth year fect families, tear up, and yet leave and are soon visited by their adult the theatre feeling good. This is not daughter (played by Love Street just a story of growing old, but a reOwner and Artistic Director, Melinda flection of what it takes to love one Leuthold), her uptight fiancé (played another. Below the one-liners and by John McCamish of Amboy), and clever jokes is a universally moving his rebellious teenage son (played by acceptance and affirmation of life. Robb Schiedler of Woodland). The play promises to sweep the au‘On Golden Pond’ is a humorous dience away.” and beautifully told story about revis‘On Golden Pond’ will play the foliting the past and forging new bonds lowing performance schedule: across generations. This modern 7:30pm : May 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 classic remains an inspiring celebra2:00pm: May 3, 10, 17 tion of the universal challenges we all Audiences should be aware that face, and the ultimate triumphs of life, the production has mild adult lanlove, and family. guage and situations that may not be With a cast featuring a strong mix appropriate for young children. of seven Love Street veterans and Tickets are ON SALE and are $13talented new-comers, ‘On Golden $16. Tickets may be purchased by Pond’ is a delightfully charming play visiting the theatre’s website at about family, mortality, and making the best of every day. or by calling (360)907-9996

One Ticket. Two days. 6 Wineries. The Chehalis Valley wineries invite you to the 8th Annual Spring Wine Tour & Tasting. 6 boutique wineries, each with their own distinction and style. Sample a large variety of wines uniquely created by our local vintners. “Do The Loop” : Travel through the Chehalis Valley peaceful countryside making your way to all 6 wineries. Join the Wine Run Game!! How to play: Draw one playing card for each bottle of wine purchased, If you purchase more than seven bottles, you get a second card and another chance to win the prizes. Best hand wins! 1st prize is a Get Away for Two - an overnight stay; Dinner in the Steak House; and 2 tickets to an Event of Your Choice, sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino. 2nd and 3rd prize - $50 Certificate to the Grand Buffet at Lucky Eagle Casino. Start at the winery of your choice, get your “Passport” and commemorative wine glass of Wine tasting, Hors d’oeuvres, and fun for everyone to enjoy. Passports are good for both

days during the tour. Passports are $20.00 at the door of any participating winery, or $10.00 + processing fee, online @ (Must be 21+yrs for consumption) Winery Tour Wineries Scatter Creek Winery 237 Sussex Ave W Tenino, WA 98589 Heymann Winery 212 N Tower Ave Centralia, WA 98531 Wells’ Winery 140 Eschaton Rd Onalaska, WA 98570 Birchfield Winery 921 Middle Fork Rd Onalaska, WA 98570 Bateaux Cellars 288 Smokey Valley Rd Toledo, WA. 98591 Agate Creek Cellars 105 Agate Creek Lane Chehalis, WA. 98532

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Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

‘Furious 7’ Directed by: James Wan Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel Running Time: 2 Hrs., 20 Mins, PG-13 My Rating: B+

Like fine red wine and stinky French cheese, “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has gotten better with age. Upon its debut 14 years ago, it started as a bird-brained (but entertaining) action caper with one eye on a fast car and the other on a fast woman. Don’t be mistaken — those attributes are still riding high as of 2015 — but beginning with 2011’s “Fast Five”, the franchise had an epiphany. It realized that storylines, dialogue, acting, really anything artistic, was not its strong suit; action was. Ever since, the movies have transformed into well-oiled beasts in on the fun, light on plot and heavy on all things that involve an adrenaline hit. “Furious 7”, said to be the last of the franchise due to Paul Walker’s tragic death in 2013, is the best of the bunch, providing for a fitting tribute to its leading man while giving the people what they want and then some. Picking up right where “Fast & Furious 6” left off, the crew returns to deal with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the vindictive brother of the last villain they defeated. Old friends

return to join the fight along with new faces, including Frank Petty (Kurt Russell), the head of a covert ops team, and Megan Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), a British hacker. Shaw has not come alone, though; on his side is dangerous mercenary Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou), and his massive team of agile henchman. Whereas The Avengers work together because the government forces them to, the diverse, familial characters in “Furious 7” align out of loyalty, respect. Now that we’ve gotten to know them for more than a decade, the chemistry between them is almost effortless, and in a movie as skimpy on plot as this one, a crackling compatibility is a good thing. The constant grunting about all things family by the hulking Vin Diesel still harbor enough cheesy sentimentality to cause an unintentional laugh here and there, but his feelings are warranted — with only a single main character out of the picture, something feels off. It’s a movie that thrives on affinity. Regardless of its newfound dramatic heave, though, “Furious 7” is, first and foremost, about action. Containing sequences choreographed so impressively that suspense is basically inevitable, it would be impolite not to carry a suddenly quickened heartbeat on our sleeve. This is the

kind of film where expensive cars are driven off private jets, pass through three (three!) skyscraper windows at high speed, and dive from cliffs with little to no injury to the driver. Keep in mind that these scenes sometimes last for ten minutes, thus torturing our serenity and collected calm. Fact is, “Furious 7” isn’t interested in appetizers; it skips straight to rich, hearty dessert. Years ago, I would have never expected to find myself a fan of this franchise. Lately, however, it’s been

hopeless to try to resist its electrifying zest. “Furious 7” is a movie of polished, professional action. Fans won’t be disappointed, and those seeking an adventure will find themselves more than pleased. Walker would be proud of the finished product — it would be hard not to be. A student of R. A. Long, Blake is an aspiring film critic that enjoys music, movies and art. For more reviews, go to:

Activities to Prevent Boredom SCHOOL GARDEN PLANT SALE Student gardeners from 14 local school gardens have been working hard for months, growing plants just for you, and they are proud to present: The 2015 School Garden Plant Sale on Saturday May 9th from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at The Northlake Garden. (2210 Olympia Way, LV) - Variety of Veggie Starts, including Heirloom Tomatoes, Lots of Hostas, Peonies, and Asian lilies, Herbs and Flowers, Raspberries & Strawberries and more! We will be joined, as always, by the incredible Watershed Garden Works who offer a wide variety of natives, edibles and ornamentals, as well as small batch jams & jellies. Student-led tours, live music and Steve the Rabbit are also highlights. WINLOCK FINN LODGE PARTY The Winlock Finn Lodge #19 will be hosting its 107th anniversary/memorial at the Hope Grange on Antrim Road in Winlock on May 7th at 4pm. There will be local entertainment, a light dinner provided by the Finn Lodge combined with a voluntary pot luck and a silent auction to assist our Scholarship program. All are welcome to attend, please RSVP. 360785-0660 or 360-669-0012. ART EXHIBIT OPENING Redmen Hall in Skamokawa is

proud to be presenting one of Wahkiakum County’s premium artists. Carol Peacock will be showing her work opening on May 2nd. Carol spent her formative years in Europe studying art and architecture setting her on future as an artist. After studying at UC Berkeley, she spent several years in San Francisco working working in the rich artistic environment there, then moved to an art colony- Eureka Springs- in Arkansas. While working there she displayed her art in many one woman exhibits in major cities winning several prestigious awards. This exhibit represents the work she has done in Wahkiakum County. The Exhibit will run from May 2nd to June 14th and the opening will be from 1pm-3pm on May 2nd to meet the artist. Refreshments will be served. Redmen Hall is in Skamokawa, WA. at 1394 SR4. For more information the number is 795-3007. SQUARE DANCE LESSONS Wednesdays: Plus, 6 pm - 7 pm. Mainstream, 7 pm - 8:30pm. Dances in May: Friday 8th and Saturday 23rd. Plus 7:30 pm; Mainstream with Rounds 8:00 - 10:00pm. Where: Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso, WA 98626 Info: 360-414-5855

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LCC Music Instructors are dedicated to helping students make the most of their talent

Dr. Robert Davis, LCC Band Director

At the end of each quarter LCC music students perform in concert, showcasing their musical talents for the community under the direction of Gina Challed and Dr. Robert Davis. LCC Choir Director Gina Challed is a Native of New Mexico, where she earned both her B.A. and M.M. in Vocal Music. She previously taught at Western New Mexico University and New Mexico State University, and maintained private voice studios in New Mexico, New York and Oregon. In addition to teaching, Ms. Challed’s extensive performance career has taken her around the world, singing operatic roles and concerts in England, Italy, Germany and New York City. Ms. Challed currently resides in Portland, OR, where she sings with two professional choirs. LCC Band Director Rob Davis earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from

Gina Challed, LCC Choral Director

Brigham Young University, and a D.M.A from the University of Southern California. A French horn player by specialty, he has performed in concert with a diverse array of artists and ensembles including the Utah Symphony, the Orchestra at Temple Square, Peter Cetera, Debbie Reynolds, and Lone Star. Performance tours have taken Dr. Davis to Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, England, Scotland, and Wales, and he has played on over 100 recording studio projects for films, television programs, advertisements, and video games. Dr. Davis is also the current Conductor and Music Director for the Southwest Washington Symphony. To learn more about the musical opportunities at Lower Columbia College, visit their web site:

3rd Annual Spring Artisan Faire We are having our 3rd annual “Spring Artisan Faire” on Friday, May 1st at Cassava’s Fusion Cafe, 14th & Broadway, Longview from 10am to 5pm. Artists will be there in person with their creations for sale. Choose from gorgeous Stained Glass, photography, jewelry, fused glass, wooden bowls, Metal Art and

much more! Find the perfect gift just in time for Mother’s Day and Graduation. For more information and pictures of each artist’s work, find us on Facebook at “The Artisan Guild of Mt St Helens” or email our group at: or call Kevlyn at (360) 431-9802.

FREE Community Events in Longview In Honor of Historic Preservation Month Members of the Longview Historic Preservation Commission have helped to organize four different events for community members to celebrate and learn about Longview’s history. All events are free and everyone is welcome. “The object of all of these activities is just to offer some good, free fun to the community at no cost to taxpayers. We’ve been running this for four years now, and people really seem to enjoy it,” said Bill Kasch, one of the major organizers and spearheads of the events. On Saturday, May 2nd, the opening event for Historic Preservation Month will be held at the Longview Public Library’s Koth Gallery starting at 10 a.m. Mayor Don Jensen will open with the naming of this year’s R.A. Long Preservation Award. Following the award announcement, Longview Library Director Chris Skaugset will talk of the library, and provide a tour. After which, Jeff Wilson will give a small talk at the Shay Locomotive. Thursday, May 7th: Commission member Abe Ott will give a presentation at 7pm at the Cowlitz County Museum entitled, ‘Longview, City Beautiful in the Pacific Northwest’.

On Saturday, May 9th, meet at 10am in the

lobby of the Merk Building. Longview historian Dennis Weber will lead us in an informative walking tour of historic buildings in the beautiful downtown area of Longview. Finally, on Sunday, May 16th, meet at 10am next to the R.A. Long statue in R.A. Long Park. After visiting the special monuments in the park, Post Master Lisa Davis will give a rare tour of Longview’s Post Office, including upstairs and downstairs. For all of these community activities, prepare for some good, ole fashioned chatting and potentially beautiful weather! If you’re new to the area, visiting or lived here fifty years - you will learn something new and have fun at the same time. [Information provided thanks to Bill Kasch, Chairman of Historic Preservation Month.]

‘Cherish your dreams, they are the stepping stones to your future.’ ~Jonnie Knowles

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Get ready to laugh

Submitted by Georgia Cox MAY Events Every Monday: Our infamous Cinnamon Rolls and coffee will be served to the public from 10am to NOON. Suggested donation is only $1.50 for these delicious concessions. A great way to start your week! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Get that heart rate up and get healthy with the exercise classes from 9:30am to 10:30am! Facts show that exercise helps keep your body healthy and functioning as well as possible. Make it one of your New Year resolutions to come join us if you haven’t already! Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday: “Write your Life Story”, and will meet in the Center from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Every Wednesday: CAP offers Nutrition Meals for Seniors at the Center at NOON. Suggested donation is $3.00, but PLEASE call #636-2118 (by Monday) for reservations. *Paper Tole classes will be held from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Every Thursday: Fun Quilting projects will take place from 12pm to 3pm and Pinochle games are played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so bring your game! Every Friday: Lunches by res-

ervation only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 274-7502 by Monday. Every Saturday: BINGO games are played from 1pm - 3pm, get ready to have some fun, and bring your best game face. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, May 12th: Join us this month as Dr. Ozgur of Longview Radiology chats about x-rays, CAT scans and MRI’s, beginning at 11:00am and followed by a potluck lunch at high NOON. Come join us for this informational time. Thursday, May 21st: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave Castle Rock, WA (360)274-7502

Sales Commission Hoping to makes some money on sales commissions, I took a job as a telemarketer. With a prepared script and a list of 300 names, I started my calls. “Congratulations,” I’d say. “You’ve just won a Christmas ham.” For four hours, as soon as I got the opening pitch out of my mouth, the prospects hung up. Meanwhile, the other telemarketers were making sales right and left. When my supervisor came by to check on my progress, I asked what I was doing wrong. “Perhaps it’s the list,” he said, handing me another one. “You’ve been calling the members of Temple Israel.” Ears of a Child Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered, “Don’t be

scared, you’ll get your quilt.” Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning’s Sunday school lesson was about. He looked at her and said, “Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming.” The Password While he was visiting, my father asked for the password to our Wi-Fi. “It’s taped under the modem,” I told him. After three failed attempts to log on, he asked, “Am I spelling this right? T-A-PE-D-U-N-D-E-R-T-H-E-M-O-D-E-M?” Ever Wonder? Why you don’t ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”? Why doctors call what they do “practice”? Why sheep don’t shrink when it rains?

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Harnesses, Leashes and Lifelines By Paddy Burrow Valley Bugler Columnist My maternal grandmother, who lived to be 98, married late in life. She was in her forties when my dad was born, and back then, there were no daycares for active little toddlers, so grandma and “poppop” (my grandfather) rigged up a little harness and hooked it up to the clothesline with a pulley, so my dad could have the run of the yard (which was not fenced) while grandma was busy folding laundry, cooking something yummy or doing dishes. (Of course she’d check

dad often from her kitchen window!) It worked like a charm, until one day when grandma went out to get dad and the little harness was hanging limply on the clothesline, no toddler in sight! That was the fateful day dad taught himself how to unzip a ZIPPER! Fortunately, dad wasn’t far away and was captured, probably scolded and then hugged within an inch of his life, and brought back home. He survived THAT and many other harrowing experiences and is now 90 years old! So I guess grandma and poppop found better ways to keep

track of their baby boy. Then I was also thinking about our dog, Tucker. He is a five pound yorkie-pomeranian-chihuahua mix with a 5000 pound personality! My husband bought Tucker one of those retractable leashes a while back, and Tucker loves to stretch that thing out as far as it will go and lead the parade any time we take him for a walk to the fire hydrant. Despite the fact that he is a pintsized peewee, he is a true Alpha Dog and his leash gives him the illusion of freedom without the reality of it! And of course, sometimes we have to rein him in close for his own protection, which, if he’s paying attention, is a reality check for him of his true condition - not actually free at all, but very loved and protected, after all. And lastly, I think about how Jesus protects us in all different ways while still allowing us much freedom to choose our way. Ultimately, He has the final say

‘LOL’ stands for Luggage of Love Luggage of Love, est. 2014 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization (360)430-0173 ‘Luggage of Love’ provides Hope and Dignity to foster children and all vulnerable children in Cowlitz and neighboring counties through providing a luggage bag at one of their greatest times of need. A luggage bag full of necessities and love. Luggage of Love was started with $100.00, and had high hopes for changing the way foster children are brought into care. CPS is doing the right thing removing children from abusive, neglectful homes. But to look at it through a child’s eyes, they are being thrust into an unfamiliar home with people and other children they do not know. They are moving from place to place, nothing is familiar, not much is theirs and what belongings they do have are toted around in garbage bags. This was unacceptable. With firsthand knowledge of this, and the negative impact on these children, four friends and coworkers came together to form Luggage of Love. Founder and Spear-header Karin Austin was joined by three of her very good friends, Jill Swindler, Jaci Schwartz, and Janine Bowman. All women have essential pieces of operation in the organization, such as fundraising, Public Relations, organizing and purchasing, etc. Luggage of Love simply provides every child coming into care with a duffle bag filled with essential items they need to feel safe and good about themselves. We include motivational cards letting these kids know they are valued and loved. The bags include a toothbrush, hair brush and other essential items.

‘LOL’ provide bins at each DSHS office we work with, and keep them filled with items to get these kiddos through what will most likely be the toughest part of their little lives. How it works When kids are picked up by CPS or removed from a dangerous situation by law enforcement, they are brought to the Department of Social and Health Services. Here, either the social worker, or a CPS caseworker gets the kids to a safe room while a suitable relative, kin or foster care is found. During this traumatic time, Luggage of Love, or ‘LOL’, tries to ease the emotional impact and offer some comfort by allowing them to browse for items to fill the duffel, tote, small suitcase or backpack they have chosen.

The “luggage” is pre-filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and brush, tissue and hand sanitizer. ‘LOL’ keeps bins filled with hair accessories, lip balm, blankets, seasonal wear, socks, underwear, games, color books, books and journals, etc. The caseworker helps fill the bags according to age, gender and need. The goal is to give new, personal items they can call their own, as well as everyday essentials that will help them feel good about themselves. The program has been a huge success. Affected children have clean pajamas to wear and a soft blanket and small pillow. Sometimes they See ‘LOL’, continued on page 22

about our lives, but we truly can choose, moment-by-moment, how we will live. We may feel “harnessed” or “leashed” to our current situation, but He loves us too much to let us roam too far from His protective gaze. Instead of despising His chastening, let us be grateful that He loves us enough to rein us in when we are in danger. He is, after all, our LIFELINE and the only Way to Heaven. One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalms 27:10 - “Though your mother and father forsake you, yet will I never forsake you.” If you happened to have imperfect human parents (ahem) let those words comfort you. Let God “re-parent” you so that you can function well and finish well. Paddy Burrow invites your feedback. eMail her at: or call her at (360)751-5231

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Get Puzzled...with Sudoku! Jokes to share Great Writer A teacher asked a young student what he wanted to do with his life. Without hesitation he said he wanted to be a great writer. The teacher asked him to further define what ‘great’ meant. The student replied: “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level. Stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl n pain and anger!” He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.

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Sharing Everything A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald’s. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman

carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them. Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap. The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn’t have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, “Oh no. We’ve been married 50 years, and everything has always been and will always be shared, 50/50.” The young man then asked the wife if she was going to eat, and she replied, “It’s his turn with the teeth.”

Promoted The boss called an employee into his office. “Rob,” he said, “you’ve been with the company for a year. You started off in the mail room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-chairman.

Now it’s time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?” “Thanks,” said Rob. “Thanks?” the boss replied. “Is that all you can say?” “I suppose not,” Rob said. “Thanks, Dad.” For all the golfers Paul and his wife walked into a dentist’s office. Paul said to the dentist, “Doc, I’m in one heck of a big hurry! I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf. So forget about the anesthetic and just pull the tooth and be done with it. I don’t have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!” The dentist thought to himself, “My goodness, Paul is a very brave man, asking me to pull his tooth without using anything to kill the pain.” So the dentist asked him, “Which tooth is it, sir?” Paul turned to Barbara and said, “Open your mouth, Honey, and show the doctor which tooth hurts.”

Cruising the Rivers is for you Cruising aboard ship need not mean trudging the expanse of a giant vessel while dodging children and teens. For the mature traveler, nothing beats a river cruise, where ships lazily steam rivers, offering a relaxed atmosphere and a lot of history besides. Unlike massive ocean going cruise ships, romantic paddlewheels host a select few passengers (from 100 to 200 usually) and the boats meander down historic river ways, offering plenty of deck time with meals included. For 7- and 9-day trips, the cost can be salty with cabin prices ranging from $4,000 per person to $6,000 or more, depending on your cabin preferences. American Cruise Lines offers a selection of 9-day cruises on the paddlewheel Queen of the West, traveling the Snake and Columbia rivers and tracing the steps of explorers

Lewis & Clark’s 1803 Corps of Discovery. If that is too expensive or too long, try for a 1- or 2- day Mississippi River cruise. The River Boat Twilight paddles the upper Mississippi with short tours to and from Le Claire, Iowa, and Dubuque, Iowa. Prices range from $200 for a one-day tour with two meals, to about $400 each for two people, overnight at a hotel, meals and activities. In Canada, the St. Lawrence Cruise Line offers a very different experience aimed strictly at seniors. Its steamboats host about 60 people in small cabins on week-long cruises. Besides fantastic scenery from Kingston to Ottawa, Canada, a lot of camaraderie develops between passengers evening dances and music offer much companionship. The experience isn’t cheap, however, and prices for longer cruises are about $2,500 per person. Look for discounts in the Spring. River cruises have popped up all over the waterways, from predictable locations such as New Orleans, to points North and West. If a particular river floats your boat, check online for cruises. Also, be sure to visit cruise reviews at sites such as for comments from people who have taken the vacations.

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Woodland Care Center: Making life a little easier By Michelle Myre Valley Bugler Newspaper

Nestled in the scenic town of Woodland for over thirty years, is Woodland Care Center, a rehabilitation and assisted living facility. Offering exceptional Assisted Living and Nursing Care for seniors, Woodland Care Center focuses on creating supportive services that replace the hassles of every-day life with convenience and amenities designed to enhance comfort. Whether it’s short-term or long-term care you’re looking for, they have services to fit the bill. For those needing short-term rehabilitation care, there are some nice amenities that make the stay more comfortable. For example, cable tv, wi-fi, hi/low electric beds, game room, library, an activities program and even weekly outings are available. In addition to the long list of amenities, the core of Woodland Care Center is their skilled and licensed staff. Providing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, their experienced staff helps provide occupational and physical rehab, designed around each patient’s level of ability and recovery need. The main goal behind Woodland Care Center’s business is centering in on the person as a whole. The priority rests on each one of their residents, no matter their length of stay, and are there specifically to provide people with care and compassion. “Our primary goal is to treat each and every person with love, support and security,” shared Justin Settlemier, Assistant Administrator with

Woodland Care Center. “Because we offer such high quality nursing care to all our residents, that peace of mind that comes with knowing you are taken care of and in the best hands possible, is invaluable.” In addition to rehabilitation and assisted living, they offer Respite Care as well. Respite Care is available so that caregivers can have a little welldeserved time off from providing care around the clock to a loved one, and their loved one can experience a change of pace in a stimulating, safe environment. Even just a few days can help relieve the tremendous pressure of caregiving around the clock. Whether you are looking for a new care facility, or want to have one handy in case of a drastic life change, consider all that Woodland Care Center has to offer, and give them a call.

Being just ‘a little more fit’ improves longevity, quality of life. What have you done recently to improve your fitness level? You might think that because you have exercised off and on throughout your life that you are in pretty good shape. Don’t rest on your laurels. An extensive study by a New Zealand university, cooperating with Stanford in the United States, shows that overall exercise habits during adult life didn’t matter very much when it came to current fitness levels. Recent activity, during the last 16 weeks, was more important. The doctors followed several thousand middle-aged and older Americans for about nine years. Study subjects were divided into five groups ranging from the least fit to the most

fit. By the end of the study, those who were most fit were the least likely to have died or develop a life-threatening disease. No surprise there. What did surprise the researchers was the improved outlook between the least fit and those on the next level. They discovered that being just a little more physically active was associated with a big improvement. At any level, especially the least-fit category, moving up just one more will make a big difference in your life. Add a little more activity to your day for the next four months and you could prevent a heart attack, diabetes and other serious conditions. Stuck inside? Save your pennies and buy a used Wii Fit system - find them on eBay, Craigslist or the paper.

Schedule a private Tour by calling (360)225-9443 or visit their web site at Woodland Care Center Medical Services Include: 24-Hour Licensed Nursing Care, Advanced Wound Care, Pain Management, Hemodialysis, Hospice Care, Post Surgical and Joint Recovery, Hydrotherapy

Care, Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Care, Stroke Recovery, Complex IV Services, Oncology Care, Peritoneal Dialysis. Woodland Care Center is Medicare and Medicaid certified, and accepts private pay residents, including longterm care insurance. Also accepts most private insurance.

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Carrots reduce chronic disease Introduction to the Carrot: the versatile veggie that may reduce the risk of chronic disease. Popeye the Sailor Man sang, “I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eat my spinach.” Bugs Bunny hasn’t boasted that much about his favorite food, but it turns out that carrots could be a life saver. At least scientists say carrots reduce the risk of chronic diseases. They are best known as a source of vitamin A, providing about 210% of the needs for the day, but also contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and others. It is the antioxidant beta-carotene that gives carrots their bright orange color. Betacarotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into Vitamin A during digestion. Like all healthy foods, carrots are more than the sum of their vitamins. A 10-year Dutch study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, linked deep-orange fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, to a lower risk of heart disease. Study subjects ate about half a carrot every day to achieve a 32 percent lower heart risk. The phytonutrients in carrots have attracted attention for their cardiovascular benefits. They are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, and that they keep blood vessels

from clumping together, say scientists at Tufts University. Some studies show the carrot peel is very rich in nutrients. Others show that cutting or chopping carrots after cooking rather than before preserves more nutrients. Cooking can destroy some of vitamin C in carrots, but it helps make other vitamins more readily absorbed by the body. Steaming or microwaving rather than boiling loses fewer nutrients to water, and roasting brings out their natural sweetness. Carrots can also assist with fighting certain cancers by boosting the levels of antioxidants in your body. A variety of carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to the antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body. Also, Beta-carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population. In addition, diets rich in betacarotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, and helps kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression. (Carrot Juice Extract) New studies are popping up all over the world as the intense physical benefits reveal themselves. Time to eat some carrots.

Three-Wheels is fun Three-wheel trikes can be fun, convenient and fast. If you miss the convenient, wind-inyour-hair bike rides you had in years past, one of today’s many-featured trikes could be just right for you. Nostalgic grown-ups today can choose from dozens of styles. The basic upright trikes are best for those who want leisurely rides around the neighborhood for pleasure, fitness and running errands. The Sun Traditional is a single speed with hand brakes for about $375. It comes with a vinyl coated rear basket and a comfortable seat. You can also order the three- or five-speed version for a little higher price. The Electric Tricycle is a hybrid trike with a 450-watt electric motor as well as pedals so you can exercise when you want to or sit back and let the trike do the work. With a fully-charged battery it runs for 18 to

25 miles. It costs $1,199. Visit Recumbent trikes have pedals in front of you, allow you to stretch out your legs horizontally for easier, faster pedaling, and longer rides. The Terra Trike Rover has two of the three wheels in front. It is available in one-to-three speeds. It’s just 17 inches off the ground for easy on and off. It costs $699 to $999, plus $899 for the two-rider attachment kit. Visit For more speeds, check out the fast, fun, comfortable Sun EZ-TriClassic recumbent. It has 24 speeds, front and rear brakes, and costs about $975. Visit These units are recommended by Jim Miller, an advocate for older Americans, who writes “Savvy Senior,” a weekly information column syndicated in more than 400 newspapers nationwide.

Are you a target for fraud? No question about it. Some age 55-plus Americans have the most financial savvy of any group. But some that age and older are targeted for various types of fraud. They have income and savings, are open to “good deals” offered by scammers, and, surprisingly, if they turn out to be victims, 75 percent of them are too embarrassed to report being robbed. Frauds are easier to report since

the Senate Special Committee on Aging launched a Fraud Hotline to help deal with the “epidemic” of frauds and scams recently targeting older Americans. You can call the hotline at 855-3039470 or visit the website at Frauds include lottery scams where “winners” pay large upfront fees to collect; computer scams where people are tricked into believing they have malware and charged a lot to “fix” the problem; tax-refund schemes which may include identity theft. In the grandparent phone scam, the caller says he’s a grandchild in need of big money for a legal or health problem. Then there are Social Security scams, and Medicare fraud where victims are convinced they owe money for care or procedures they never had. The Senate committee often deals with two issues: the frequency with which victims don’t report fraud, and the difficulty victims have when trying to report the scam. Hotline personnel provide consumers with advice on the steps that can be taken, including where to report the fraud locally, and ways to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim a second time.

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Lilac Days @ Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens Senior Connection Fair: May 6th Lilac Days at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens runs through Mother’s Day, May 10th, this year. Each spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens host Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda’s Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop. Lilac Sales, the Farmhouse and Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days. (April 18th - May 10th 2015) Gardens are open daily 10:00am 4:00pm year round. A $3.00 gate fee is payable at the entrance. Children under 12 years old enter free when accompanied by an adult. Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. The national historic site is located 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and 2-1/2 hours south of Seattle, Wash-

ington at 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, Washington 98674 Hulda Klager came to this country from Germany with her family in 1865 when she was two years old. She spoke often of her love for flowers and how as a little girl in Wisconsin she would wander Tulips & Lilacsthrough the woods near her home looking for wildflowers. Her family moved to Woodland, Washington in 1877 when Hulda was 13 years old, where they purchased farmland and built a home. Years later, even though Hulda was busy with the demands of marriage, home and family, she continued to find time to work with flowers. ‘The Lilac Lady’ In 1905 she began hybridizing lilacs and by 1920 she had developed so many new varieties that she decided to hold an open house each spring when the lilacs were in full bloom to share her efforts with other lilac enthusiasts. This practice caused her to become known as “The Lilac Lady.”

Wednesday, May 6th 9am - 3pm Three Rivers Mall, Kelso Connecting seniors, caregivers and their families to community resources for better living! Join us as we celebrate everything “Seniors” this year at the 8th Annual Senior Connection Fair. With doors opening at 9am at the Three Rivers Mall, you’ll want to have your comfortable shoes on to ensure a great day. Fantastic Door Prizes, plenty of vendors and the Blood Mobile will be waiting for you on May 6th.

There will be a special Mother’s Day Fashion Show at 1:00pm near the center of the Mall, so get your seats and enjoy the fun modeling done by local friends in the community. This is a time for bringing your questions and for taking home lots of goodies and information. Grab a few friends, your family members or a neighbor and join us for this special Senior Fair. It’s focused on everything seniors, so if you have a question or are looking for information, this is the place to be! (Info: Tina @ 577-2200)

Science is paving the way to longer, better lives Thanks to medical and scientific advances, Americans are living 20 years longer than they did in 1925. But long lifespans have appeared so suddenly in human culture, that societies haven’t caught up. So says Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Carstensen writes that although we are little different genetically from our ancestors of 10,000 years ago,

our longer lifespan has opened the way for new worries about aging: Dementia, poverty, or relevance. These were not concerns when people routinely died at age 40. Carstensen writes on the website, that instead of worrying about falling productivity and infirmity, we have to create new life strategies to work longer and spend more time with children and families.

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Oh, go Take a HIKE! Local trails reviewed Information found at: Hiking is spectacular in Southwest Washington, with numerous opportunities to enjoy solitude, silence, and magnificent vistas. It’s a time of fresh air and low noise pollution. Well, at least from cars and traffic, that is. It’s a time to grab the family, water bottles and energy snacks, and give those legs a workout. Storm damage in recent years has resulted in a number of road closures. Before planning your hike, contact the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters at (360)891.5000 for the latest information. In October 2004, the Washington Trails Association selected eight hikes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that provide spectacular views of Mount St. Helens. Trail reviews are provided. *Badger Peak Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 10-mile roundtrip; elevation gain 1,600 feet with a high point of 5,664 feet. The best spot in the Dark Divide roadless area for dramatic views of Mount St. Helens and the blast zone. *High Rock Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 3-mile roundtrip; elevation gain 1,400 feet with a high point of 5,658 feet. A steady climb to a lookout with views of Rainier, Adams, and St. Helens. *Strawberry Mountain Lookout Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest .75-mile roundtrip; 500 feet elevation gain with a high point of 5,464 feet. Drive most of the way to view the volcano from this awesome lookout sight. *Tongue Mountain Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 3.5 mileroundtrip; elevation gain 1,300 feet with a high point of 4,750 feet. Hike

through groves of pine trees to a lookout where Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens are all magnificent on the horizon. *Juniper Ridge Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 8 miles round trip; elevation gain 2,000 feet; high point 5,611 feet. A classic hike with dramatic views of volcanoes and the Cispus River below. *Sunrise Peak Trail to Jumbo’s Shoulder: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 7-mile roundtrip; elevation gain 2,000 feet with a high point of 5,500 feet. This steep trail takes you through fall-foliage meadows to a view of the volcano. *Silver Star Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 11-mile roundtrip; 2,000 feet elevation gain with a high point of 4,390 feet. On a clear day, the panorama includes St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, and Hood. *Hamilton Butte Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 1.5 mile-roundtrip; 900 feet elevation gain with a high point of 5,772 feet. This area was buried in pumice when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980. A great short hike. The Hummocks Trail: This is a gorgeous 2.3 mile hike through relatively easy terrain. A small loop from the parking lot (no pass or permit required) can take as long as you wish, since there are interesting geological developments along the way. Hummocks, as the trail is named for, are massive mounds of rock, ash and mud that were piled around the floor of the new Coldwater Lake valley by the mighty blow 35 years ago. This loop trail weaves among the hummocks and small ponds that dot the landscape around the mounds. [Photos: Siblings Oscar Myre V, Chloe Myre and Cora Myre enjoy a leisurely hike on Hummocks Trail, at Mt. St Helens this early spring. Photo by Michelle Myre.]

35th year

Eruption Anniversary

Testy lady struts her stuff, and so do those living on her hillsides. Mt. St.Helens in all her glory, shown below during wintertime, with a herd of grazing elk shown at right in some of the best hunting grounds in SW Washington...for now.

May 1980 - May 2015

35th Anniversary Events Mount St. Helens 35 Years Later! Please join us for three days of commemoration, discovery, and story telling. Saturday, May 16th 10am - 6pm It’s a Blast! Season opener at Johnston Ridge Observatory. It’s a Blast is a family-friendly science education day hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute. Sunday, May 17th 12:30am - 5pm Eruption Eye Witness Stories! Experience incredible accounts of the 1980 eruption, meet eruption eyewitnesses, and share your own story at the Science and Learning Center. Monday, May 18th 10:30am - 11:30am

1980 Eruption Commemoration and 35 Years of Science Discovery! Listen to scientists describe their amazing discoveries and view posters and science demonstrations at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Science Discovery Talks and Posters from 12:00pm - 4:30pm. The Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center is located at 19000 Spirit Lake Hwy at milepost 43.3 on State Route 504, Toutle, WA. You can reach them online at: or by calling them directly at: (360)274-2131 To learn more about their education and volunteer programs, please contact them via their web site, and for more visitor information as well. Also online are videos of Pyroclastic Flows, Debris Avalanche and Lahars. Enjoy your visit to the mountain!

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Happy Mother’s Day! Sunday May 10th

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Madison Reed Hair Color System is a Big Winner By Michelle Myre Valley Bugler Newspaper

I’ve long been a fan of hiding my gray hair from the public eye. That could be due in large part to the fact that I started getting them when I was a young 21 years old. Needless to say, I’m rather familiar with hair coloring. From box color to expensive salon visits, I’ve tried them all. Recently, I’ve settled on spending about 80% less and doing my own hair at home with “box color”, or color that comes in a box, ready for you in a complete kit. Usually, these kits range in price from $7.00 - $20.00 and give you exactly what their box

claims: different colored hair. Enter a slightly different take on home hair coloring - Madison Reed. This company offers a plethora of hair coloring choices, AND a professional hair color consultant to go with it. No, they don’t dye your hair for you, but they will consult with you to find the right color and system to accomplish your goals. My goal was fairly straight-forward. Keep my gray hairs hidden in a delicious color of deep auburn for as long as I possibly could. Forget all those people out there who encouraged me to “just let it go silver”, or some other nonsense like that. That

will have to wait until I’m at least fifty.I just can’t see myself with long, silver hair...quite yet. My Madison Reed color was chosen by consultation with a delightful lady named Chelsea, and I anxiously awaited my coloring package. Once I received my coloring kit, packaged nicely in a contemporary looking box, I set to work on getting rid of my gray grow-outs and reviving the color of my midlengths and ends. One of the first things that I noticed was the quality of packaging, and materials enclosed. The gloves provided were professional grade “nurse” gloves, and easy to maneuver in. I really liked not having to worry about what was on my hands while applying the color. First off, I needed to color my gray roots with their Radiant Cream Color, which smelled absolutely divine. It wasn’t outlandishly awful like 99% of the other “box color” I have used. It made the process much more enjoyable. After my roots were covered, I followed for my mid-lengths and ends with their Color Gloss.

The Color Gloss comes in a tube, and contains two applications, although I forgot that part and used it all up in one fell swoop. My hair is almost down to my bum, though, so I would think that if you had medium length hair, you would get two applications from it without a problem. The end result has been fabulous. My gray hairs have retained their new color at least twice as long as when I used other “box” coloring programs. The color on the rest of my hair was nice and vibrant, and afforded a lovely ‘glossy’ look as well, giving thanks to its name - Coloring Gloss. Moms of all walks of life could benefit from using Madison Reed and their program. They can ship you a coloring kit every 3 - 10 weeks, you choose your time that you need. Prices are around $19 and up, depending on which package you choose. One time purchases are a few bucks more, but well worth it to see if Madison Reed will take the place of your spendy salon visits. Visit the web site:

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Happy Mother’s Day! Sunday May 110h

‘A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.’ ~Tenneva Jordan

The very first Mother’s Day How Mother’s Day began A child of any age can celebrate Mother’s Day in ways ranging from the buying of carnations, the giving of a box of candy, or the writing of a simple card. Honoring a mother may include the gift of a lunch at a popular restaurant or a loving visit to the cemetery. However honor your mother, be assured that the honoring of mothers has been a practice of the ages. Early Mother’s Day celebrations are said to have occurred in ancient Greece when ceremonies honored Rhea, the mother of the gods. In the 1600’s, England began celebrating “Mothering Sunday.” It began as a religious holiday when servants, who lived and worked in the great mansions, were allowed to return home to their mother churches and spend time with their mothers. Mothering Sunday falls three weeks before Easter Sunday and in Britain is still celebrated and is usually called Mother’s Day. In the United States, Mother’s Day was suggested early on by Julia Ward Howe. She would hold Mother’s Day meetings in Boston with the day dedicated to peace. In 1907, Anna Jarvis began her bid to establish a national Mother’s Day to honor her mother who had worked to improve health conditions in Appalachia. She persuaded the members of her deceased mother’s church in West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the anniversary of her mother’s death. It was the second Sunday of May. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official proclamation that Mother’s Day was to be a national holiday to be held each year on the second Sunday of May. In Mexico, el Dia de las Madres is celebrated on May 10th. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 10th. Let us all use this day to honor our mothers living or the memories of our mothers and grandmothers deceased.

We asked some of our Valley Bugler online Facebook Friends to share with us their fond memories of their mothers, and chose just a few of them to share here: “I’m dating myself, but, we were leaving the Drive-In Theater, the speaker still hooked inside the car. Hearing the crash as the speaker broke off and stay inside the car flustered my mom so much she didn’t stop, but kept on driving! And then hit the pole as we went through the gate! It was hilarious!” - Karen Smith, Facebook “Mom and I would take day trips to Chinatown in San Francisco and built up a bowl collection.” - Hal Palmer, Facebook “I think some of my favorite times were going what we called ‘snooping’. Shopping without buying. We had a tight budget, but we both loved to shop. We would try on clothes, laugh and tell each other all our favorite stuff. I also looked forward to Friday nights, our “date nights”, where we would go to McDonalds and a movie to watch at home in our pajamas. It seems small, but it meant everything to me.” - LaVona Anderson, Facebook

Why God Made Moms Answers by second grade school children Why did God make mothers? 1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. 2. Mostly to clean the house. 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born. How did God make mothers? 1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us. 2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring. 3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts. What ingredients are mothers made of ? 1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean. 2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think. Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom? 1. We’re related. 2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me. What kind of little girl was your mom? 1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff. 2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess is she would be pretty bossy. 3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him? 1. His last name. 2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? 3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores? Why did your mom marry your dad? 1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot. 2. She got too old to do anything else with him. 3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on. Who’s the boss at your house? 1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball. 2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed. 3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad. What’s the difference between moms and dads? 1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work. 2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them. 3. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

Page 16 • Valley Bugler • May 2015 and share some with friends. Stake your taller perennials or find attractive cages. Trees & Shrubs Plant or transplant them before the heat of summer. Look at the blooming foliage around you, and take note By Mavis Trentham Valley Bugler Columnist I’ve eaten at least four salads out of my garden this year from my prolific butter lettuce and spinach plants, sprinkled with fresh cilantro. There’s nothing better than the sweet taste of your hard labor bursting inside your mouth. Even when it’s spinach. The month of May brings with it a plethora of ‘work’ to do outside in the garden. You may not need this list of stuff to do because it’s there looking at you right in the eyeball once you walk through your garden. But for those of us who live by lists, here’s a great start. First off, go buy yourself a new plant. Before the best of the litter is snapped up, you’ll want to get out there and pick up a new plant. Mine happens to be a new Brandywine Tomato plant. You can find them locally at 4 Corners Farm & Garden in Castle Rock, or maybe at Lowe’s or Home Depot in Longview. For your new little plants in those freshly prepared beds, don’t forget to keep watering. Even if it does rain all the time around here, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on those new plants and make sure they’re well watered. Vegetables Move through your perennial veggies and berries with a weeding tool. No use letting them crop up early.

Move your Rosemary plants outside now, unless they are already there, like mine. No, I was supposed to bring it in, but forgot. It survived quite well. Keep harvesting your cool season crops, and you can even seed those cool growers around mid-month. (Beets, beans, chard, lettuce, carrots, onions, radishes, etc). Wait until the heat really comes back for tomatoes and peppers. I know I jumped the gun with the Brandywine tomato, but that little guy can just hang out in my garage until it heats up a bit more. (Planted in container). Flowers Deadhead those spring blooming bulbs, but remember to leave the stems and leaves until they turn yellow. Then you can snip it to the ground. Go ahead and give a good feeding to your beauties. They’ll get a jump start on their growth and thank you later. Peek at your neighbor’s yard. What flowers do you like? Make a list for next year. Summer bulbs can now be planted outdoors, as well as new roses. For your fall bloomers like asters or mums, a good first pinching back is in order this month. Divide your crowded perennials

for which ones you’d like to add next year.

Mavis Trentham loves gardening and being outside as much as possible. Do you have gardening questions? Send them to the paper and let’s see if Mavis can help! Send to:

Cowlitz County Nurse-Family Partnership Program for First Time Moms Any parent can understand that having your first child is quite the learning process! Cowlitz County Health Department offers a free voluntary program for first time mothers that can provide an extra boost. Through the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program, every mom is partnered with her own skilled, caring nurse for one-on-one visits throughout pregnancy. These visits continue through the baby’s second birthday. “All parents have the tools to love and care for their children,” said Bea Rush, who oversees the program at the Health Department. “We are offering an opportunity for parents to have someone to turn to for information and support to help them achieve their goals for their family. There might be resources available to you that you don’t even know about.” During these visits, the NFP Nurse provides mothers with the knowledge and support needed to confidently create a great start for baby and mother. As a first-time mom, there likely will be a great deal of questions. That’s why Nurse-Family Partnership can start working with mothers before giving birth. By meeting with

mothers early in their pregnancy, the NFP Nurse can address questions and concerns, help prepare mothers for childbirth, and help ensure a healthy baby. After the baby is born, visits will include everything from basic infant care, nutrition, immunizations, to child development. These topics are covered through hands on learning activities, one on one conversations, etc. Current moms enrolled in the program say they enjoy talking about these topics with their nurse and share what they learn with family & friends. From helping first time moms have a healthy pregnancy, to coaching mothers in child development, and to providing resources to achieve successful parenting, the NurseFamily Partnership program is there to support mothers, so that they can be there for their baby. We currently have several openings available and welcome your inquiry. Please contact Gayle Reid at 360414-5599 x6424 for further information or visit our Nurse-Family Partnership page at: (See ad on p.15)

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Local AT&T Employee Wins Prestigious Award for Volunteering Efforts By Michelle Myre Valley Bugler Newspaper Our community is filled with wonderfully giving, caring and talented individuals. Keith Jensen of Longview is one of those that shine brightly. The thirty year old Longview resident received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for not the second, but the third time this past April. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try”, is the heart of this meaningful award. Jensen is one of those individuals that is definitely making a difference, and most definitely trying - and succeeding. Working as an assistant store manager at one of the local AT&T officespic c, Jensen participates in the company’s volunteer logging program, marking down his volunteer hours on the weekly sheets. “AT&T does a really tremendous job of encouraging their employees to volunteer, and then they submit people based on their service hours. I guess I have a lot of service hours!” exclaimed Jensen in a recent phone

interview. He’s not kidding. Coming from a long line of service oriented individuals, such as his mother and father and grandparents, his family has been instrumental in impacting his vision for helping others. “Our sentiment was you can always help someone as long as you’re just one step ahead. My family has always done as much as we can to reach out and help other people. It’s just how I was raised,” said Jensen. Jensen volunteers in everything from Young Life, a national faith-based program that connects with teens, as a homework tutor, retreat leader, or whatever may be needed during the time. Even spending weekends teaching Young Life-goers how to wash their car and detail the interior. Most recently, Jensen spearheaded an effort to make superhero suits for little kids that have cancer, and making sure that those kids get special visits from the superhero team. One little child had been missing his birthdays because of all his cancer treatments, and Jensen was the pivotal piece in making sure that Thor, Batman and Superman invaded the day to make it special. According to Jensen, things find him if he’s not ‘busy enough’. “God has a sense of humor in finding me even when I’m already busy.

I guess I’m one of the first people to get called for volunteering, because I usually always say ‘why not?’” Volunteering around the community is something that Jensen encourages others to get involved with. “It’s an absolute blessing for me. It does a lot for my spirit, and it helps knowing that someone else is breathing a little easier just because I was able to help. Or seeing the look in the kids eyes as they meet Superman!” Jensen’s passion is certainly contagious. Sparking a little something inside your own spirit? That could be God calling you to do something for those in need. It could be a call to do something, somewhere that matters. How do you volunteer? According to Jensen, all you need to do is be available, and read about where the needs are in the community. Ask around, shouldn’t take long.

Thank you, Keith Jensen of Longview, for encouraging others around you into action, simply by your own selfless acts of giving. Call your favorite charity, visit a neighbor, or ask friends: “What can I do for your today that would help make your life easier?” Don’t wait. Get started today and begin reaping the benefits that volutneering brings to your own spirit.

[At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected, and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2014, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving.]

FUNNY texts between mom and kids Almost all of us have sent a text or two we didn’t mean. Here’s some hilarious texts from “mom”. Back by popular demand!

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Lynn’s Bodacious Banana Cake By Laurrie Piland Valley Bugler Columnist This past month has been all about changes for us in the ol’ RV. We moved from Woodland to the Toutle area. We love it here! My husband and I both lived in Toutle/Silver Lake in the 1980’s and we’ve missed it, we both discovered. So, we moved back up here to Silver Lake at the end of March and couldn’t be happier. It helps that a few of my best friends decided to relocate and move right next to us, too! Double bonus! Anyhow, Lynn (my friend) moved the evening before her birthday and there was no way I wasn’t going to bake her a birthday cake. I found bananas super cheap in Castle Rock, so I had an over abundance of them to use up. So, I introduce Lynn’s Bodacious Banana Cake to you all! Lynn’s Bodacious Banana Cake 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2c unsalted butter room temp 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 large eggs 5 very ripe bananas 2/3 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon rum extract 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter with sugars until light. Add the rest of the wet ingredients, except buttermilk. Combine dry ingredients in a smaller, separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking pan that has been prepared using nonstick cooking spray or butter and flour baking pan. You can also use two smaller 8x8 inch pans if you want a double layered cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (My cakes took around 50 minutes because I have a small propane oven) The cakes are done when they are set in the middle and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan and then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting with... Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules 1/4c unsalted butter, room temp 3-4 cups powdered sugar 1/3 cup Dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla Directions: Cream all ingredients together in a large bowl, adding powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Use to frost your favorite cake or cupcakes.

Lynn absolutely loved her birthday cake and I loved baking it for her! My garden is coming along great for this year. We moved most of it up here with us. Our dogs are happy. We’re happy. The cats are happy... and that is the best thing that a person could possibly write! Our first RV park potluck/BBQ in April was a huge success and Bob and I look forward to many more of them in the future. So, until we meet up again in June... PEACE! RV cook extraordinaire.. proving to the world that RV food can be gourmet. Even from her RV galley in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens!

Pushing 50? Guard your muscles Sometime in your 30s, your muscle mass reached its peak. After that, unless you do things to preserve it, each subsequent decade shows a decrease of muscle fibers. By age 80, 30% of muscle bulk may be lost. Exercise and a high-protein diet can change that prognosis. People over age 50 should pay attention to getting adequate protein from healthy sources., not just a dinner but throughout the day. Researchers at Tufts University find that a steady intake of protein, combined with aerobic activity and weight training exercises, helps to counter the loss of muscle mass. “It’s estimated that 20 percent of people between ages 51 and 70 have inadequate protein intake,” says Paul Jacques, DSc, director of Tufts’

HNRCA Nutritional Epidemiology Program. Their four-year study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, looked at the combination of protein intake and physical activity in people over age 50. They found that people who did muscle strengthening exercises, without protein intake of at least 70 grams daily, did not improve their muscle mass. One study by the National Institutes of Health compared protein intake with lean muscle mass in men and women ages 70 to 79. Over three years, those consuming the highest amount of protein (an average of 91 grams a day) lost 40% less lean muscle mass than those in the bottom fifth of intake (an average of 57 grams a day).

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Bike to Work Week! May 11-15

Baby on the Brain: What to do about fertility issues

By Steve Harvey Join your friends, family and others in the community who are choosing to bike to work during National Bike to Work Week May 12-16! It’s spring and a great time to “gear up” for bicycling season. Cowlitz County and its cities offer many cycling opportunities for the casual rider to serious enthusiast. Getting around Longview and Kelso is easier and safer than many believe, if riders avoid the busy arterials like Ocean Beach Highway (north sidewalk is designated as a bike path), stretches of Washington Way and 15th Avenue. The street layout, or grid system, provides a series of low traffic options to get to parks, shopping centers, office complexes, schools, medical services and similar destinations. Once you strike out to explore the streets and neighborhoods in this community, you’ll find many options that can get you to your destination quickly and safely. Also, there are several multi-use paths and trails to explore such as the Highland Trail, Coweeman, Cowlitz and Pacific Way dike trails and Lake Sacajawea. Some businesses provide bike racks, but many more are needed. Just the very simple placement of racks acts as an incentive for folks to ride to that business and secure their bikes. And, it benefits the business to attract new customers. If some of your favorite destinations don’t have racks, inquire of the owner/manager to see if they can be provided. Also, with our moderate, temperate climate, one can ride pretty much year round. The great winter and spring we’re experiencing certainly

has made it even easier to get out on the bike. There’s the adage among regular cyclists that there isn’t bad riding weather, only bad gear. See the local bike shops for a great selection of riding clothing, helmets, fenders, lights and similar equipment to keep you pedaling year round. They offer tips on riding no matter what level of interest or ability. Washington Bikes! (formerly the Bicycle Alliance of Washington),, is a good source of information for riding in all conditions and situations. They act as statewide advocates to promote a safer riding environment for all levels of riders in rural to urban settings. If you’re toying with the possibility of riding to work, school, shopping or just recreation and it’s been awhile since you’ve pedaled, our local bike shops are offering free safety inspections as part of the nationwide program known as Bike to Work Week, May 11-15. Repairs and adjustments, of course, are the responsibility of the owner. A local group of cycling fans is preparing activities and gathering prizes to encourage folks to start up or increase riding for whatever reason. Locally, Bike to Work Week kicks off at the Triangle Shopping Center Starbucks on Monday, May 11 at 7:00 – 9:00 am with free coffee and treats and concludes on Friday, May 15, 4:30 – 6:00 pm with prize drawings at Cassava Café, (Broadway & 14th Avenue) in Longview. Visit for more information and to register for prizes donated by area businesses. See you out there pedaling!

Submitted by PeaceHealth The idea of having a baby is exciting. But if you’ve been trying to conceive for many months, those happy thoughts start to slip away. Then, you worry and wonder if it will ever happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of American women have a hard time getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. It may not be much comfort to know that you’re not alone in the struggle to have a baby. With the right kind of treatment, however, many couples who have trouble getting pregnant go on to conceive. How a baby is made: Conception is more complex than it might seem. There are many steps to achieve pregnancy, and a problem at one or more of these steps can make getting pregnant difficult. The problems may stem from issues with either the male or female, or both. Sometimes it’s not clear what’s causing the trouble. There are many things that can cause fertility problems, but some things you can do to help with conception are: • If you smoke, stop • Get to a healthy weight and

maintain that weight • Keep the stress down • Exercise in moderation • Eliminate alcohol and drug use When to see a doctor: If a couple hasn’t conceived after a year or more of trying, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends seeking medical help. Because fertility declines with age, women who are 35 or older should consider getting help even earlier—after about six months of trying. A doctor will get a medical history, do an exam, and run some tests. For women, those often include blood tests and possibly x-rays of the fallopian tubes and uterus. Sometimes minor surgery that allows doctors to see inside a woman’s abdomen is recommended as well. For men, testing typically begins with a semen analysis. Depending on what they find, doctors may treat infertility with medicine or surgery. Procedures that make it easier for sperm and egg to join and reach the uterus may also be options. For some women, a referral to a fertility specialist is needed. If you have questions along the way, talk with your doctor.

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62% of Websites are now in MAJOR Trouble with Google. By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist Google has made huge changes in search results done on mobile phones & tables.…. From Google: “Starting April 21st, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact on our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.” This means they now penalize websites in mobile web searches if the sites aren’t mobile friendly. People are referring to this as Mobilegeddon. The end of desktop search. Hype aside, here are 5 things you need to know about the Google Mobilegeddon: 1. Isn’t it just for mobile Google Searches? You are correct, the search results on mobile devices are the only results that will be changed at this time. Keep in mind that roughly half of Google Searches are done on mobile devices. Google is banking on higher and higher percentages of

surfers to be mobile. 2. When do the Google Penalties begin? By the time the article is put to ink (and blog) you will see a dramatic change. In other 3. Aren’t most websites mobile friendly? Not yet. According to Forrester Research, just 38% of business websites are currently optimized for mobile--and some 86% of all U.S. smartphone users search via Google. “Businesses must improve the usability of their websites on smartphones and tablets now, or risk being buried among 177 million websites in Google search,” the firm notes. 4. How can I check if my website is mobile-friendly? You can find out directly from Google. Their quick test will tell you how your website plays with mobiles.

5. What do I need to do? If your website passes the test then you don’t have to do a thing. But, if you don’t like your results, it is time to talk to a web developer about making your site mobile friendly. “If you’re not mobile friendly today, you can take action and Google will

notice,” says Barry Schwartz, an editor of the SearchEngineLand website. “You’ll get your ranking back rather quickly, once you become mobile friendly.” 6. Do I need a whole new website? Not necessarily. There are quite a few solutions to pass the Google test. I recommend talking with a professional website developer about using a Website Plugin or considering a responsive theme. Don’t rush into anything. When your site becomes mobile friendly, Google will start lik-

ing you again. Warning: I’ve seen a lot of companies offering to build secondary mobile websites. These websites tend to redirect your traffic to their own websites. Not good for you. Do you have questions about optimizing your site for mobile devices? Contact me to chat.

Oscar Myre IV is the Creative Director & Owner at omOriginals Marketing! a Washington based Web firm for over sixteen years. Serving National and International clients of all sizes. Call them at (360)575-9839 or

Happy Birthday, Chloe and Cora! We love you SO much, and are incredibly proud of the young ladies that you are! You are funny, kind, talented, compassionate and caring towards others and this world, and we are excited to see where God will take your life and what you will do for His Glory!! Love you, peekachoos ♥ mom & dad and to our’s a birthday blitz!

Happy Birthday, Cousin Halle, Poppy O, Auntie Liesa, Auntie Pam and Cousin Bailey!

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KIWANIS CLUBS focus their community service hours to the welfare of children.

CATHLAMET 1st Tues. 6 p.m. at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church; 3rd Tues. at Sugar Lillies at noon. CHEHALIS - Thursday 12 p.m. at “The Restaurant” in Sunbirds. CLATSKANIE - 1st & 3rd & 5th Tues 6 p.m. at Fultano’s; 2nd & 4th Tues 12 p.m. Colvin’s. KELSO - Thurs. noon at 3 Rivers Mall, Comm. Room. LONGVIEW - Thursdays. noon at JT’s. SCAPPOOSE- 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Windemere Real Estate Office) ST. HELENS - Thurs. noon at the Elks Lodge (350 Belton Rd, St Helens). ST. HELENS DAYBREAKERS - Tues 7 a.m. at Warren Country Inn, Last Tues 6pm Columbia Soil and Water District Office AMERICAN LEGION GLEN HOYER POST 175 meets in Castle Rock every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. For info call 423.9542. The LADIES AUXILIARY to Glen Hoyer Post #175 of the American Legion meets first Thursdays. For info call 423-9542. AMERICAN LEGION GUY RATHBUN Post #25 meets the 2nd Thurs. of the month at 7 p.m @ Kelso Eagles For info Kandi 423.2504 BUFORD ROCKAFELLOW POST 101, The American Legion, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of each month at the Winlock Community Building. Potluck 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.. For info Post Commander Wendy Carolan 360-785-0929 or Adjutant Phil Carolan at (360) 785-0929. The FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION (FRA), an organization of Naval Service Veterans, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Lower Columbia Branch 363 meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Friday, each month at the Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. For more information contact: Ray Hegr at (360) 425-6981 or E-mail at fra363@yahoo. com. FLEET RESERVE AUXILIARY #363 meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. A potluck at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7:30 p.m. All people who have active, retired, or reserve status family members who are now serving or have served with the US Navy, Marines or Coast Guard are welcome. Info 425.4688. KELSO-LONGVIEW ELKS LODGE #1482 meets Thurs at 7:30 p.m. for our members only. Dinner is served before Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Lunches are served Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. One of our many projects is to serve the youth of the communities. 900 Ash St., Kelso. 360.425.1482. TOUTLE VALLEY VFW POST & AUXILIARY #10882 meets the 1st Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at their Post Home, 101 Hansen Road in Toutle. For more information, contact John at 274.4350 or Nikki at 274.5263. TOLEDO VFW 3429, Reg. Meeting 1st Monday, Potluck at noon, meeting at 1 p.m. COWLITZ VALLEY VFW POST 1045, Tues. Bingo @ 6 p.m., 5 p.m. dinner; Auxilary mtngs at 11 a.m. every 2nd Wednesday. Breakfast for veterans served 1st Sat. of each month $6 each from 9 - 11 a.m. The COWLITZ VALLEY VFW LADIES AUXILIARY POST #1045 meets the 2nd Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall located at 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. For info or questions please call Ruby at (360) 577-0414 or Jeannette at (360) 414-4053. COWLITZ PRAIRIE GRANGE #737 meets 2nd Wednesdays 6:30pm potluck, 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm dessert. 5180 Jackson Hwy, Toledo, WA 864-2023 SUNNYSIDE GRANGE #129 meets the 2nd & 4th Saturdays. 6:30 for potluck, 7:30 meeting. Call 274.6013 for information & rental hall. SILVER LAKE GRANGE 2nd and 4th Thurs. Potluck 6:30, meeting at 7:30 p.m. Info & rental 274-5263. CATLIN GRANGE #199 2nd & 4th Fri. 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner 2nd Friday. 7:30 meetings. More info: 425.2973. PLEASANT HILL GRANGE # 101 2nd & 4th Mon. 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Community Service group. Info & rentals call 425-6101 Junior Grange meets 1st & 3rd Mondays 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. CASTLE ROCK WOMANS CLUB meets every 2nd Monday at 1 p.m. 206 W. Cowlitz Street. Business meeting & program. Public iinvited. Info: 274.8149. THE PYTHIAN CASTLE 24 holds their meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 1 p.m. at the Castle Rock Womens Club, 206 Cowlitz St. West, Castle Rock. THE CASTLE ROCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Hattie’s Restaurant @ 5:45 p.m. The club sponsors newspaper recycling.

LONGVIEW MONTICELLO LIONS meets 6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Mondays, dinner and speaker at The Carriage Restaurant on 12th LONGVIEW EARLY BIRD LIONS meets at The Carriage Restaurant on the 1st Wednesday @6pm, 3rd Wednesday @6:45am. THE VADER LIONS CLUB meets the 1st Thursday @ 6 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday @ 7 p.m. at the club’s building on Hwy 506 in Vader for a potluck dinner and meeting. Info: 295-3087 or 295-3801. KALAMA LIONS CLUB - LONGVIEW PIONEER LIONS CLUB meets every Tuesday at noon at the Longview Eagles Club (152612th Ave) Provide humanitarian service to the citizens of the area, visitors are welcome. WINLOCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 12 p.m. at Guadalajara Restaurant, off SR 505. Visitors welcome. Call 7853744 info KELSO LIONS CLUB meets 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:30 p.m. in Longview Kelso Kels Building. Call Richard (360)425-5876 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 meets 2nd Tues. @ 1pm, & 4th Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso. Info: Becky 575-3977 or Debbie 414-9627 COWLITZ COUNTY VETERANS ASSOC. meets the second Friday of each month. CALL 577-6757 for locations. LONGVIEW REBEKAH LODGE NO. 305 Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at the IOOF Hall, corner of Pacific and Pine, Kelso, 1 p.m.. Info: 1-866725-3507 CASTLE ROCK EAGLES, celebrating their 100th birthday, meets at the Eagles Aerie on Huntington Ave. @ 8 p.m. every 2nd & 4th Tuesday for the Aerie & Auxiliary. KELSO EAGLES meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aux., Aerie meets at 8 p.m. Initiation 3rd Tuesday. BINGO MonWed-Fri @ 6:30 p.m. Special Charity BINGO Monday 12 - 3 p.m. Call 425-8330 for info. CASTLE ROCK FREEMASONS 3rd Mon @ 7:30 p.m. at Lodge located on SW First Ave DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, MaryRichardson Walker Chapter. rootsweb. FRIENDS OF CASTLE ROCK LIBRARY, 1st Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m., Library 137 Cowlitz St. West in Castle Rock WORSHIP & RECOVERY meeting, Sunday @ 1 p.m., refreshments. Positive faith group meeting. 1260 12th Ave., LV S.C.O.R.E. - Free counseling & guidance for small businesses by the nation-wide of S.C.O.R.E., Kelso/ Longview Chamber of Commerce, 1563 Olympia Way, Longview, WA. DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS: 1st Fri of the month at 1 p.m. @ 1639 10th Ave. 577-5890, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 11 a.m. 423-3125 MT. ST. HELENS CLUB - meets 2x week to hike on a rural trail in SW Washington &/or NW Oregon.  Location and info: or 360- 673-2799 NATIONAL ASSOC. OF ACTIVE & RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Longview - Kelso Chapter 1070, meet the 1st Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Hotel, Longview. Info: 423.6032. LOWER COLUMBIA WOODCARVERS Tues 5 - 7 p.m. Brook Hollow Rec. Center & Thurs. @ LV Senior Center 1 - 4 p.m . 274-3175 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 2nd & 4th Tues. 6 p.m. potluck, meeting 7:00. Info: 423-6952, Rentals 423-8270, or 560-5140. LONGVIEW BORDER CROSSINGS Volks walking meet on 2nd Tuesdays at St. John’s Hospital, Longview, @ 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria Sam Korff 503-728-0400 KELSO ROTARY Meets Thursdays at 12 p.m. Lunch available to purchase. Kelso Longview Elks Lodge Call 414-5406 for more information ALTRUSA of Longview/Kelso meets Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m.. 1st - Board; 2nd - Business; 3rd - Committee; 4th - Program; Lunch served for $5 at all meetings except Board. Meet at Altrusa room at CAP. THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM Christian Intervention program for the chemically dependent, meets Wednesday 6 p.m. at Landmark United Pentecostal, 4333 Ocean Beach Hwy, 360-636-0580 LONGVIEW GARDEN CLUB meets at 10 a.m. the 4th Thurs. Jan. - November; Sept. - Oct. Due to holidays, Nov. & Dec. meetings are on the 3rd Thurs. Most mtngs Grace Lutheran Church in Longview. Info: 425-0755 COWLITZ BEE ASSOCIATION meets the 3rd Thursday each month @ WSU Extension Office, 7 p.m. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS of Longview meets Monday @ 7:00pm or Thursday @ 7:30pm at Longview United Methodist Church. 2851 30th Ave, Longview. For info call Coop (505)363-8774 or NAMI Strive - Free support group; Depression, Bipolar, PTSD or any mental illness. Thursdays 4-5:30pm,. NAMI Free Suicide Support Group: For anyone with severe depression that has thoughts of suicide. Please come join us. Starts Jan 7th, Wed 6-8pm. 900 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview (360)984-6096

Abernathy Assembly of God 702 Abernathy Creek Rd. Longview Phone: 360-636-1620 Website: Sunday Service 10:45 AM Apostolic Lighthouse 803 Vandercook, Ste 12, Longview Bible Study Tues 7:30pm Church Service Sun 2:30pm Pastor Mozingo (360)219-6109

Fireside Fellowship 271 Atmore Road, Toutle Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Apostolic Lutheran Church 248 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Church at 11 a.m. Information Dave Kandoll 295-3461

Grace and Truth City Church 525 Third Ave SW – Castle Rock Pastor David Beer Worship 10:15am, 749-2289

Baha’i Faith Vader 360-751-3181 Centralia 360-807- 4313 Packwood 360-494-4767 Longview 360-423-4105 Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview Office: (360)577-8240 Pastor Shelley Willem Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Castle Rock Christian Church 542 Huntington Ave. S, Castle R. Sunday school – 9 am (all ages) Sunday Worship – 10 am Dr. John Leffler, Senior Pastor 6th-12th Gr. youth Wed, 6-7:30 pm 360-274-6771 M-F, 9:30a -1:30pm Call for home groups/studies

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview 360.425.4220 Rev. Eric Atcheson

The Rock Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday Wednesday @ 7pm Service Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 274.7480 Rose Valley Friends Church 1437 Rose Valley Rd. Kelso 360-425-3222 Church Office 9:30am Sunday School Hour for all 10:45am Worship Service 5:00pm - 7:00pm Valley Youth Group 6-8pm Wednesday-JValley Youth 6-8pm -Sunday-JValley Youth

Grace Bible Fellowship 300 S.10th Ave, Kelso Worship: Sunday 11:00am Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (360)423-4035

Ryderwood Community Church,

Grace Lutheran Church, MS 2725 Dover Street, Longview Worship: Sunday 10:30am (360)414-4147

St. Mary Catholic Church 120 Powell Rd., Castle Rock 274.7404 W & Th Daily Mass 8:30A Sunday Mass 8:30A

Grace United Methodist Church, Vader, 295.3402 Rev. Steven A. Caskey, pastor Sunday worshipndservice – 12:15 p.m. Potluck every 2 Sunday Quilting on Mondays & Thursdays

315 Jackson St. PO Box 161, Ryderwood, Pastor Bill Bowlby, 360-295-3962 Service Opportunities 11 am Sunday

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393

St. Paul Lutheran Church 312 First Ave. SW, PO Box 847, Castle Rock 274.6604 House of Prayer for All Nations Worship Service: 9a.m. & 11 a.m. 868 9th ave. Longview, WA SundayE40! (education) @ 10:10 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 AM Wed: 5th & 6th grade Service 11:15 AM Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene Morning Youth Group - 6 p.m. Evening Service 6 PM 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock Wed: 7th-12th gr Youth, 7:30pm Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Pastor Bob Sinclair Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Allen Street, Kelso Evening church service 6:30 p.m. 2200 423-3650 St. Rose Catholic Church Women’s Bible study Th 10:30am (360) M & F Daily Mass 12:15 PM Rev. Reo McBride, 274.6546 2571 Nichols Blvd Longview, WA Sat Vigil Mass 5:30 PM 360-425-4660 Castle Rock First Baptist Church Sunday Mass 10:30 AM 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock Pastor Joel Royce 274-4113 Baptist Church, The Salvation Army Church Sun Bible Study all ages: 9:45am Kalama Pastor Wes Eader Worship 11a.m. 1639 10th Ave, Longview 112 Vincent Rd, Kalama WA Women’s Bible Study: Wed 1:30pm 9:45am - Sunday School Sunday School @ 9:45am Cowboy Church: Last Sat.; 6-9pm 11:00am - Worship Holiness Meeting @ 11:00am 360-423-3992 Castle Rock Church of Nazarene 456 Pioneer Ave NE, Castle Rock Call 673-5570 (360)274-6546 Stephens Episcopal Kelso First United Methodist Church St. Pastor Reo McBride 1428 - 22nd, Longview WA 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso Sunday Service: 10:45am Office: (360)423-5600 Contemporary Service 9:00 am Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 10:00am Sunday School 9:20 am Children’s Service: 11:00am Traditional Service 11:00 am Sunday Eve Service: 6:00pm Wed: Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm Women’s Bible Study: Wed 6:00pm Pastor Vonda McFadden Seventh Day Adventist Church 7531 Old Pacific Hwy -Castle Rock 360-423-7480 Castle Rock United Methodist Worship 11 a.m. Saturday 241 First Street, Castle Rock Pastor Ben Moore 274.6090 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Lexington Bible Fellowship Worship 10:55 a.m. Sunday 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) Seventh Day Adventist Church Youth Group: Sundays 2 p.m. Sunday school @ 9:45am Journey Church Rev. Pam Brokaw - 274.4252 Sunday worship @ 11am 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Pastor Jerry Hancuff Office: (360)423-7344 Central Christian Church 401 Crawford St., Kelso Saturday Worship: 11:05am Worship -11am, school @ 9:30am Life Center Pastor Marcia Stone Wednesdays @ 6pm (Youth @ 6:45 Corner of Rock & Pine in Centralia Sundays at 10:30am or Bible Studies - many available Stella Lutheran Chapel Oyler Rd & Hwy 12 in Ethel Russ Tevis, Minister 124 Sherman Road, Longview Sundays 360-425-3420 Church Office 9:00am 360-736-5898 Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Community of Christ, Longview Children Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Living Hope Church 202 Delaware Street Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) 2711 NW Andreson, Vancouver Pastor Sharon West 11:00am Sundays Toledo New Life Assembly of God Classes all ages: 10:00am Pastor Dean Jenks (360)944-3905 420 Silver Street, Toledo WA Worship Service: 11:00am (360)864-4366 Longview Church of the Nazarene Worship: Sun. @ 10am, Wed. @ 6pm Church of Christ 814 - 15th Ave, Longview Dinner on Wednesdays @ 5:15pm Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 300 St. Helen’s St., Toledo, Wa Food Bank: Last Tue/Wed of month Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 360-577-1100 Toutle Christian Fellowship Tuesday Bible Class 11 a.m. 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Longview Community Church, Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. 2323 Washington Way - Longview Childcare provided John Gadberry, Minister Worship service Sunday Pastor Denny Martinez 360-274-8570 Contemporary Service 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service 11 a.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church (360)274-6305 Pastor John Williams 423.6380 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview Sunday Worship - 8:30am Vader Assembly of God Church Longview Presbyterian Church Sunday “Celebration” - 11 a.m. 302 - 6th St., Vader, WA 3808 Pennsylvania St., Longview Thursday Worship - 6:30 p.m. (360)295-3756 Worship and Children’s Class: Pastor David Martin, Senior Pastor Pastor Tracy Durham Sun. 10am Church office - 360-423-3250 Sunday Worship: 10:30am & 6:00pm Pastor Meghan Davis (360)577-8951 Sunday Youth Group: 6:00pm Wed. Adult Study, Kidz Church: 7p.m. Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; New and Living Way Church Church 210 Fishers Lane, Kelso 951 Delaware St., Longview Valley View Church of God Pastor Chris Leingang Sundays 10am & 6pm 1435 - 33rd Ave, Longview WA Worship at 10:00am Wednesdays 7pm Pastor Dwayne Cothron Church Office (360) 425-4390 703-3340 (360)636-6787 Worship Sundays @ 10am & 6pm Fathers House Church Oak Point Community Church 1315 Commerce Ave, Longview 445 Oakpoint Rd, Longview Worship Sundays: Limited availability. Submit your Sunday School 9:30 a.m. 9am, 10:30am church services to: Sunday Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor Doug McMurray #577-6037

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By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist

popcorn-throwing, belly-laugh inducing melodrama. At that performance, I was surprised to see Tom Golik, betOn Golden Pond ter known to me as our Woodland will show local hardware man, off one more body of playing a leading role. water May 1-17 as the He’s in the spotlight Loves Street Playagain, this time as house presents On Norman Thayer. His Golden Pond. wife Ethel is played by The playhouse, loLexy Dillon of Boring, cated at 126 Loves Oregon. Street in the heart The play is proof Woodland’s old duced by Melinda downtown, was origiLeuthold and directnally built in the 1940s ed by David Robert, as the Open Bible who leads the cast Church. In 2004, conof 7. Fran Krohn is in tractor Jeff Leuthold charge of costumes and his wife Melinda and Lou Palotta, the purchased and reset. stored the building. I Left to Right: Melinda Leuthold For top-notch enremember watching as Chelsea Thayer; Lexy Dillon tertainment, puras Ethel Thayer; Tom Golik as the construction, cu- Norman Thayer Jr; and John chase tickets and rious about what the McCamish as Bill Ray and Robb choose your seats old church would be- Schiedler as Billy Ray, Jr. online at: come. LovesStreetPlayTheater had been Melinda’s pas-; or call the box office at sion most of her life, and she stud- 360 907-9996. ied acting in Portland. Jeff knew her Doors open 30 minutes before heart’s desire was to have her own show time. Prices range from $13 theater, and his vision when he saw to $16. The website also suggests the old church made that possible. places to enjoy a meal in Woodland Creating the theater not only fulfilled before the performance. Melinda’s dream, but it filled a culIn addition to preparing for the May tural gap in Woodland, bringing with performance of On Golden Pond, it productions such as Steel Magno- Melinda Leuthold is currently holdlias, The Sword and the Stone, It’s ing signups for her summer youtha Wonderful Life, Harvey, Wait Until theatre workshops for ages 8-18; the Dark, Nunsense, and many others. fee is $100 per session. Sessions are On Golden Pond runs May 1-17. It’s June 22-27 and July 6-11, and on the the love story of Ethel and Norman final day of each session, students Thayer, who return to their summer will perform The Seussfication of home on Golden Pond, in Maine, for Romeo and Juliet by Peter Bloedel. the 48th year. Their estranged daugh- Space is limited, and many students ter (played by Melinda Leuthold, not return year after year. Jane Fonda this time), shows up for Loves Street Playhouse’s producan unexpected visit, and she’s not tion of On Golden Pond is sure to alone. She brings her fiancé and delight not just Woodlanders, but his teenage son, and the visiting trio attendees from Castle Rock to Portshakes up the normal routine of the land and beyond. retirees, Ethel and Norman Thayer. As an unlikely friendship develops, Pat Nelson, is co-creator of three humorous and sometimes edgy anthe Thayers heal old wounds and thologies: ‘Not Your Mother’s Book: renew their zest for life. On Being a Parent’ ( & The first time I attended one of Meretailers); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living. linda Leuthold’s productions, it was a

choose a night light or stuffed animal. The older kids tend to really like the journals and books. Oftentimes, kids come to Foster Care or shelters without clean underwear, so now each Luggage of Love delivery includes that basic necessity. But most of all, these items and special bags are theirs to keep. They do not leave them behind or need to share with others. “It’s important these kids know someone cares and there is hope for them. We chose our name for this reason. Hope for the Future, Luggage of Love,” stated Founder, Karin Austin. Over a year has passed since the birth of the ministry, and they recently celebrated their One Year Anniversary.

The support from the community has been more than generous. ‘LOL’ are blessed with clubs, groups, organizations and individuals who answer their call for items regularly. An “official” Non-Profit organization, they have delivered over 135+ bags filled with goodies to children. Relying solely on donations from those in the community, or around the nation, ‘Luggage of Love’ continues to labor for the love of children. Feeling moved to give financially, or to put together some ‘LOL’ yourself? Maybe you are part of a service group, or other gathering that would like to put some “love” together for these hurting children in our community? Please contact Luggage of Love with the following phone number: (360)430-0173

Photo Below: Examples of duffel bags that have been donated. Children keep these bags, and all the contents inside. Backpacks and other types of bags also accepted for this ministry.

Photo Above: Examples of diaper bags that have been donated for infant children coming into care. Photos provided by Karin Austin.


Lighter side

They match! A man was signing the receipt for his credit card purchase when the clerk noticed the credit card had not been signed. She informed him that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. She explained that it was necessary to compare the signature on the card to the receipt. The man signed the credit card in front of her and she carefully compared the signature to the on the receipt. As luck would have it, the signatures matched!

Lost & Found A woman realized she had left her purse on a bus. She immediately called the company and was relieved that the driver had found the bag. Later, when she arrived at the bus station to pick it up, several off-duty bus drivers crowded around her. One

handed her the purse, two typewritten pages, and a box containing the contents of the purse. “We’re required to inventory lost wallets and purses,” he explained. The man continued, “We all tried, none of us could fit everything back into your purse. We’re hoping you’ll show us how you do it.” Diagnosis The psychology instructor had just finished a lecture on mental health and was giving an oral test. Speaking specifically about manic depression, she asked, “How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?” A young man in the rear raised his hand and answered, “He’s probably a basketball coach.”

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Adorable Adoptee


May 3rd - 9th Celebrating 100 Years! Take part in the event that’s been held every year since 1915: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. Speak out for animals. Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact animals in your community. Report animal abuse. Animal cruelty is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. Appreciate wildlife. Look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely. Adopt a pet from a shelter. Help animals find a second chance at happiness. Take care of your pet. Pets are like children who never grow up. They need your help to keep them healthy

and safe throughout their lives. And you know what they say: kindness is contagious! While we know that you’re kind to animals all year round, this week is a great excuse to get active, and celebrate the 100 year anniversary. Here’s some ways to do just that: 1) Help fight puppy mills. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills - large, sub-standard breeding facilities that often times result in poor health and hygenic quality. Double check with your pet store where their puppies come from! 2) Show your virtual support. It’s a connected world, so spread the word about this special week through Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media you choose. 3) Volunteer. There are a ton of ways to get involved! Call your local shelter today!

‘Dakota’ Meet Dakota, an energetic athletic girl that is ball-obsessed. Throw her a ball, any ball, and she becomes fixated on it, and you might as well just sit back and watch her play. She runs like the wind around the yard, especially with a ball in her mouth, She is still a pup at 3 years old, and hasn’t had much obedience training. She loves meeting new people, loves kids and other dogs; Cats, not too sure. She is spayed,

microchipped and current on her vaccinations. For more information about this lively girl, contact her foster mom Paula at pjstoppler@ msn,com 673-7373

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Valley Bugler: May 2015  

Everything Seniors, Mother's Day, Visitors Guide an so much more. Enjoy!

Valley Bugler: May 2015  

Everything Seniors, Mother's Day, Visitors Guide an so much more. Enjoy!